Poll: Gary Peters holds slim lead over GOP challenger John James in Michigan

Poll: Gary Peters holds slim lead over GOP challenger John James in Michigan
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Michigan Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersState officials press Congress for more resources to fight cyberattacks Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle MORE (D) has a slim lead over his Republican challenger John James, according to a new poll. 

Peters leads James by about 3.8 points, according to a Glangariff Group survey released Wednesday, within the poll's 4-point margin of error.

Approximately 44 percent of the 600 surveyed likely Michigan voters said they would vote for Peters, compared to nearly 40 percent for James. Another 16 percent said they were undecided. 

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Peters is among vulnerable Senate Democrats facing reelection in 2020. He won his race in 2014 to fill a seat vacated by a retiring Democratic senator, but in 2016 the state voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE

Additionally, James outraised Peters by roughly $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race “lean” Democrat. 

The poll was conducted between Jan. 3 and Jan. 7. Half of the respondents were contacted by a landline telephones and half were contacted by cellphones.